1. Flower Blossom Vegetarian Restaurant Houzaimen Street Branch
It is special because of both the environment and the dishes. The decoration is also attractive with colored water lilies and oil paintings on the walls, and the black and white photographs of the shopkeeper and customers under the glass of the reception desk. All of these have simple and elegant characteristics which will make you very comfortable. The most attractive thing is that the dishes are quite fantastic both in appearance and in taste, especially those meat-like dishes made of vegetarian ingredients which are so real in appearance and taste that the customers almost believe that they really are meat dishes.
Chinese name: 朵朵开素食餐厅 (后宰门街店) Duoduokai Sushi Canting Houzaimen Jie Dian
Recommended dishes: roasted "sausage" (烤肠, gluten and bean products with a sausage taste), green jade soup (翡翠汤, cooked with green vegetables and tofu), sizzling "steak" (铁板牛排, bean products with a beef taste), sweet and sour "pork" (菠萝咕咾肉, fried lily root with vegetables), "fish" fillets in hot chili oil (水煮鱼, dried tofu skin and fungus with a fish taste), sesame oil noodles (麻油面条), pumpkin paste (南瓜羹), Duoduokai-style fried vegetables (朵朵开小炒), sizzling shredded "beef" (干煸牛肉丝, water gluten and celery with a beef taste), and sweet and sour "spare ribs" (糖醋排骨, lotus roots with a spare rib taste)
Chinese name: 朵朵开素食餐厅 (泉乐坊店) Duoduokai Sushi Canting Quanle Fang Dian
Recommended dishes: vegetarian "sausage" (素肠, gluten and bean products with a sausage taste), sizzling vegetarian "pork ribs" (素排骨, lotus roots with a pork rib taste), mushroom stuffed pumpkin shell (南瓜盅), "three lucky treasures" (吉祥三宝, fried gluten loaf, chufa and straw mushrooms), and green vegetables in a bowl (青菜钵)
Address: 324 Quanle Fang, 9 Xianxi Alley, Lixia District (历下区县西巷9号泉乐坊324号), near to Quancheng Road (泉城路)
Transportation: Take Bus 1, 3, 5, 101, 106, 123, 128, K54, K59 or K91 and get off at Luquancheng Square station (路泉城广场站)
3. Foshan Yard Vegetarian Restaurant
This restaurant, with a 10 year history, combines Buddhist culture with Chinese traditional cultures. It features vegetarian food, tea art, food therapy and healthy living. The environment is quiet and elegant which can make you feel very comfortable. You can hear Buddhist music or read books from the shelf when having meals in this restaurant. The vegetarian dishes are very fresh and delicious, especially the meat-like dishes which are highly spoken of by the customers. What’s more, the service is also enthusiastic and considerate which makes you feel at home.
Chinese name: 佛山院素食店 Foshanyuan Sushi Dian
Recommended dishes: braised "meatballs" in a brown sauce (红烧狮子头, winter melon and dry bean curd with a meat taste), vegetarian dumplings (素水饺), stewed "chicken" with sauce in three cups (三杯鸡), fragrant and crispy little yellow "croaker" (香酥小黄鱼, fried mushroom with a sweet and sour flavor), sweet and sour "spare ribs" (糖醋排骨, lotus roots with a spare rib taste), stewed "fish" with Sichuan peppers (川椒鱼, bean products with a fish taste), "auspicious pot" (吉祥团圆锅, stewed vegetable mixture including mushrooms, cauliflower, corn, carrots, taros, etc.), and "spring blossom" (春暖花开, fried mushrooms with a sauce)
Address: Floor 1, Building 5, Area 3 Foshanyuan Xiao Qu, 35 Foshan Street, middle phase, Lixia District (历下区 佛山街中段35号佛山苑小区3区5号1楼), near to Chaoshan Street (朝山街)
Tel: 0531-86027566, 0531-86921266
Transportation: Take Bus 36, 128 or K55 and get off at Chaoshan Street south exit (朝山街南口)
4. Qishan Vegetarian Restaurant
The boss is a Buddhist who makes the restaurant very tidy and warm. The environment is simple, plain and very comfortable. The dishes are cooked very delicately and are delicious. There are vegetarian dishes for the customers on the first and fifteenth day of each month in the Chinese calendar. The dishes mainly have a light taste but the flavor has been thoroughly blended in. You can also surf the internet here for free. The meat-like dishes are especially fantastic. You can taste the "meat" (made from vegetarian ingredients) which is flavorsome without being oily, and very delicious.
Chinese name: 齐善素食 Qishan Sushi
Recommended dishes: flower and fruit tea (花果茶), vegetarian "pork ribs" (素食肉排, lotus roots with a pork rib taste), crispy fried "chicken cutlets" (酥乐排, winter mushrooms and bamboo shoots with a chicken taste), grain soup (素汤菜), twice cooked "pork" with tea tree mushroom (茶树菇回锅肉, fried winter melon with anpaste made with egg and flour, sweet and sour "spare ribs" (糖醋排骨, lotus roots with a spare rib taste), and vegetarian dumplings (素水饺)